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Demand Media Reviews

Updated March 16, 2017
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Pros
  • And the company was committed to their people as human beings with generous perks and work/life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • Flexible work from home; Innovative - all electronic communication from hiring--to work assignments--to team interaction--paid via Paypal (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Demand funnels each submitted article to an anonymous pool of copy editors (CEs) assigned to each special topic section (in 6 reviews)

  • There was another person that started on MONDAY and were let go Tuesday (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Past, Present and Future..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Demand Media full-time

    Pros

    + Good environment. A lot of team building activities.

    + Flexible hours and the schedule is based on goals.

    + Possibility to work in multiple projects across the whole company.

    + Opportunities for professional growth. By showing what you are interested in working on; you can move between teams and project as well as move up.

    Cons

    + Huge amount of legacy code improperly documented and without unit tests.

    + Technical decisions are not 100% made by engineers involved in the development process.

    + Some projects lack direction.

    + Bonuses are paid half in RSUs that become vested in a year.

    Advice to Management

    + Iterate faster. Decision are taking too long and some projects are kind of on hold waiting for answers.

    + Prototype. Have short sprints and experiments.

    + Check what big companies are doing with their tech stack instead of keep using the same old stuff.

    + Involve software engineers in decisions that affect the development process and the server provision.


  2. Helpful (16)

    "Was a great company and now it posts fake Glassdoor reviews to save face"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It had a great culture . Smart people , great benefits and a very positive work environment.
    Catered lunches and well stocked fridge.

    Cons

    horrible management. Toxic and all the smart people are leaving the company. You cannot take away benefits. Its the first company I worked for which revoked a benefit.

    Advice to Management

    There is not point. They will not listen. Atleast stop posting fake Glassdoor reviews.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing team"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Demand Media (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing people & atmosphere, nice and creative office

    Cons

    There are not cons at all


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "On the ups"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Demand Media full-time

    Pros

    very talented, smart and willing people open to sharing their resources, knowledge and skills.

    Cons

    the company is in transition, which means the top brass are focused on fixing current problems, limiting the vision for the future.

    Advice to Management

    keep lifting up those that are innovating and trail blazing


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Marketing Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Demand Media full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work place environment. Everyone around is very smart and talented. The company is picking up steam in many key areas. Certain properties have huge growth and will continue to perform well. Everyone is always willing to collaborate and give advice when needed. Movement amongst the company is very flexible and there is always room to grow upwards.

    Cons

    I don't have any major cons. The company has been in turnaround mode in the past but is starting to really hit its stride now.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to push innovation out of all the properties and sites owned by Demand. Keep Demand a leader in the online media space.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great Opportunity"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager, Software Engineering in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Manager, Software Engineering in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Demand Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Its a great time to be at Demand Media. The company has many diverse businesses, which are at different stages of operation. Some are in the high growth stage while some are in the middle of large transformations. This creates ample opportunity for anyone willing to dig in and perform.
    On the engineering front, there seems to be no shortage of hard problems to work on. Demand Media is a large organization with many businesses, which means there are many software systems to be built to support them. Engineers work in small teams and most senior engineers tend to lead their own projects. I have for the most parts been able to choose exactly what I work on.
    Demand Media also has an engineering internship program and they regularly hire interns who convert to full time positions. The method seems to work well here.
    Will end with agreeing with most other reviewers, that the culture is as good as it gets like is the case with many tech startups. Good benefits, smart people and good work life balance in general.

    Cons

    The stock price has been on the decline for a while and that causes the management to make tough decisions from time to time. But again that is expected of a company that is re-inventing itself.

    Advice to Management

    The entire management change was understandable but we seem to be going overboard and becoming a top heavy company. Many new VPs and EVPs.
    Also please do not take away any benefits once you offer them, no matter how small and trivial they are. It always will feel like a sore spot.
    Upper level management needs to do a lot more due diligence before investing in newer products (which IMO is necessary)


  8. Helpful (7)

    "Dying"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Demand Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smart and friendly co-workers
    Takes care of employees
    Good benefits
    Location is great
    Food trucks and catered lunches

    Cons

    All the smart ones already left the company
    It's dying and it's not fun to work there anymore.
    The company is in maintainance mode .
    No new innovation.

    Advice to Management

    No point. They don't listen anyway


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Started from the Bottom"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Designer in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Started as an intern, was given a lot more responsibility than previous internships, and then I got a real job offer (which apparently happens quite a bit for interns here which is a huge plus for the younger members of the company)

    Great team dynamic, awesome benefits, candy hallway. Need I say more?

    Cons

    Not a ton of cons... Can't really think of any.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Professional, Creative and Cutting Edge"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paralegal, Contracts in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Paralegal, Contracts in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Demand Media (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The employees at Demand Media are all extremely welcoming, professional, smart, creative and passionate about their work. There’s plenty of opportunity to work with different business lines on cutting edge creative content and brand promotions. The office location, design, layout, amenities, professional development training modules, perks and various employee benefit speaks to the positive culture and work environment that is felt throughout the office.

    Cons

    My drive in from Sherman Oaks is my only con but travel time is equal to morning drives into West Hollywood or Century City. No true cons here. Plus the Expo Metro train Line coming in 2016 will make it easy to catch a show or sporting event at L.A. Live or Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Coming to work every day is a JOY!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Demand Media full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people, the culture, the work and best of all . . . we can bring our dogs to work. I have never worked with a better group of people. Numerous people have left recently but there are lots of new and fresh faces that have been brought in to bring a new and exciting prospective to the business. I am looking forward to a long future here at DMD.

    Cons

    Too much food. . . there ALWAYS just too much food around (but I guess that is my problem and not everyone's!!)

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. . . it seems to be working.



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